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Sleeps 6 adults Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 Pets 1 Welcome Region Dumfriesshire Town/village Moffat

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16th Century Borders Tower, Moffat (193)

Step back in time to the 1530s in this sixteenth century tower, where you can be king or queen of your very own Scottish castle for a week or weekend.

Built in 1536, this is a fine example of a 16th century Pele Tower House (a strong house), which sits on small hillock by a loch within 5 acres of private grounds. It measures 37 feet by 27 feet, with the walls over 6 feet thick. Particular castle-like features include the shot-holes, as well as the vaulted room at ground level and the Great Hall on the first floor. On entering, is the original white washed stone vaulted section of the castle, which houses the kitchen and dining area. On the first floor, there is the Great Hall, with fine inglenook fireplace with wood-burning stove, comfortable seating, wide-screen TV. The room has exposed stone walls on show which are adorned with antique armoury and suits of armour are also on show. There is a double bedroom, twin bedroom and a family bathroom on the second floor, with a further double bedroom with en-suite shower room on the third floor. There is plenty of parking to the front and side of the castle. Weddings are currently not allowed, except for groups of 6 who are using the castle on a normal booking basis. One dogs is allowed, at ground level only. This is an ideal base to have a family holiday to discover Dumfries and Galloway area and enjoy being king or queen of this castle.

The kitchen/diner is beautifully designed  A new kitchen was installed in 2014 into the original vaulted spaceThe oak dining table seats 6The former Great Hall is now a comfortable sitting roomThe first floor 'Great Hall' is a comfortable and atmospheric sitting roomThis Borders Tower has been lovingly restored by the current ownersThis suit of armour stands guard over the stairs

Living Space

Reception rooms

The Great Hall is located on the first floor and is a large space which is now the sitting room, which provides comfortable seating. It is a blend of old and new, with suits of armour on display and a selection of swords and other items adorned on the stone clad walls, whilst it has full central heating, a wood-burning stove, WIFI and a large 60 inch wide-screen TV with DVD player. So today’s visitor can enjoy the modern comforts whilst witnessing what may have been in the 16th century.

Kitchen / Dining

At ground level is the white washed vaulted room, which houses the kitchen and dining area. A new kitchen was installed in 2014 which makes great use of the ample space. In effect it is a traditional country kitchen with an electric oven, grill and hob for the cooking requirements, with a microwave, large fridge freezer and dishwasher. There is an oak table which can seat up to 6 people comfortably, allowing for fine feasts or simple suppers in some style. In the entrance hall, to the rear is a utility space, where there is a tumble dryer (the washing machine is in the kitchen) and an area where one dog can be kept.

  • BBQ
  • Board Games
  • CD Player
  • Cooker, double oven, Commercial, Gas
  • Cot
  • Digibox
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fridge Freezer, US Style
  • Garden, Walled
  • Garden, Wildlife pond/s
  • Grill
  • Hairdryers in all bedrooms
  • Hall, great
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet Access
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Parking, 5 cars
  • Play area, wooden
  • TV, Freeview channels
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wood burning Stove
  • Castle, floodlighting availble on request
  • TV, all bedrooms
Second floor double bedroom with stone wallsSecond floor double room with a wardrobe inset in the stone.There is a shared family bathroom on the second floorStairs to the top floor bedroomTop floor bedroom with a double bed and en-suite shower roomEach bedroom has its own tv and hair dryerThis is the en-suite shower room to the top floor bedroom

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 6

There are three bedrooms in total which are located at the top section of the castle. On the second floor can be found, a double room with feature stone clad walls and a wardrobe inset into the stone, and a smaller room, a twin-bedded room. Beside the two bedrooms is a family bathroom, which has a separate shower cabinet, bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin. On the top floor is a wooden panelled bedroom with a double bed, which has an en-suite dressing room and an en-suite shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and his and her wash hand basins. Each bedroom has its own TV and a hair dryer.

  • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Double Room With Ensuite Shower Room
Welcome to your castle holiday in Scotland, near Moffat16th Century castle in the Scottish Borders with hot tub Enjoy al fresco suppers on the patio when the weather is fineBrand new hot tub and summer house for guests useEnjoy a relaxing evening reading in the summer houseSweet walled garden is part of the private grounds of this Borders TowerThere are 5 acres of private grounds for the kids to crash around inYou can drive right up to the doorAn ideal venue for a self catered holiday

Grounds & Surrounds

Set within 5 acres of private grounds, which include a small loch, walled garden and a 6-person hot tub at the side of the castle. Parking for up to 5 cars is available. Located 31 miles north of Gretna, close to the major turning off the A74 (M) at junction 15, it overlooks a nature reserve. 1 mile away is the spa town of Moffat, where are many local shops, pubs, hotels and a fuel station. This area is perfect for walkers with the Southern Upland Way in the vicinity. Dumfries and Galloway is a beautiful part of Scotland and a trip to the fifth highest waterfall in the UK, Grey Mare’s Tail is essential. Castles to visit in this area include Threave Castle, Cardoness Castle and Drumlanrig Castle. Dumfries is 20 miles away and Glasgow is 57 miles beyond.


Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 1 pet is welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen, towels, electricity and heating, with initial supply of logs included within the rental.

Notes & Warnings

Please note the let will be ready from 5pm on day of arrival and you are asked to leave by 11am on day of departure

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property only.

Stag and Hen bookings may not book this property, unless discussed in advance for approval. Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.

Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair. Please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting this item so the owner knows to put one out for you on arrival.



The border county of Dumfriesshire offers a diversity of landscapes, from valley to summit, coast to forest, the range of scenes to explore would suit everyone. In the north of the county, near the historical spa town of Moffat, the Devils Beef Tub is a worth trip for hikers. The deep dramatic hollow, formed at the base of four hills is one of the two sources for the River Annan, which runs south through the county to join the Firth of Solway at the town of Annan. The Ae forest is one of the largest in Britain and is home to one of the 7Stane bike trails, a collection of 7 specially designed mountain biking centres dotted throughout the borders. For those looking to soak up the local heritage, the historical country town of Dumfries is famed for its connections with the bard Robert Burns, and his home and museum are worth a look in. On the English border is Gretna Green, the marriage capital of the UK, historically where young English couples eloped to marry, the town still witnesses thousands of marriages every year! The magnificent stately home at Drumlanrig Castle is a fantastic family day out, the house is an exemplary display of renaissance history, the beautiful garden and grounds must be explored, and the kids will be entertained for hours in the adventure playground. For something a little different for the kids, why not step back in time at Dino Park in Carrutherstown! 

Dumfries and Galloway

From shores to hills, Dumfries and Galloway is an area of magnificent landscapes, and natural beauty, and a paradise for walkers and cyclists, thanks to the rolling hills, and verdant forests. 200 miles of coastline offer beautiful beaches and seaside towns, and thanks to the Gulf Stream, a unique climate here, a perfect setting for a beach holiday. 

Southern Scotland

Stretching across the border with England, and reaching up to the central belt from Glasgow to Edinburgh, the Southern Scotland region is a popular location for short break holidays. Although you may not find the monumental mountain ranges of the Highlands, don’t think that this region lacks the traditional Scottish landscapes. The famous 7Stanes mountain biking routes can be found across the Border counties and Dumfries and Galloway, as there is an abundance of hills, glens and forests to challenge even experienced bikers. The region has plenty of fishing opportunities too, most popular perhaps is the River Tweed, well known for its salmon, and miles of coastline, ideal for walking and bird spotting. Golf can be found in abundance in this area too. For gentler activities, visit the Four Borders Abbeys, magnificent tributes to the religious history of the area, at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose.   

Area Dumfriesshire Type of location Lochside Nearest shop 1.2 miles Nearest supermarket 1.2 miles Nearest pub 1.2 miles
Nearest Airport
Carlisle 43 miles
Edinburgh 63 miles
Nearest Train Station
Lockerbie 15 miles
Visit the Grey Mare's Tail waterfallTaking the road out from Moffat to SelkirkA visit to Caerlaverock Castle could be on the cardsWalking near the Solway Firth


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5th January 2017 Excellent 

Exceeded our already high expectations

Service rating : We're delighted your found our team friendly and the booking experience easy. We look forward to perhaps hearing from you again in the future.

Product : Great to hear this unique tower exceeded your expectations, should you ever wish to re book we'd love to help again!

11th September 2016 Excellent 

Loved Lochhouse Tower Moffat. Hot tub was amasing. Stayed for 3days. Weather was sunny and hot and we could have done with sun beds to use, Felt the bed linen needs to be upgraded to at least 300 thread count was abit disappointed. We had nowhere to hand wet swimming costumes an airier should be provided. Not enough oven trays struggled abit to roast more than one thing at a time. The experience overall was brilliant. The long drive to the tower, the cave like kitchen, the sitting room with all the swords etc. We had a fabulous time hope to go back next year.

Service rating : Thanks so much, great you found our service excellent and team swift in responding to your queries.

Product : Many thanks for taking the time to pass on your comments, real guest feedback is very helpful and we will certainly pass on to the owners. Great that the nice weather meant you could make the most of the hot tub and lovely surrounding gardens.  

Its fab to hear your group are thinking of returning to this beautiful tower, don’t forget to claim your loyalty discount off the next booking with us!

5th September 2016 Excellent 

The accommodation was fantastic and the owner super nice too, highly recommended.

Service rating : Delighted to hear you rated us excellent, glad we could help source a suitable property for your trip!

We look forward to hearing from you again in the future.

Product : Perfect that you rated the property excellent, found the owners helpful and would highly recommend!

Don't forget to claim your loyalty discount should you ever wish to re book.

4th November 2015 Excellent 

Fantastic holiday home, clean and well equipped. Felt like king of the castle. Hot tub put to good use as was the rowing boat. would definitely like to visit again.

Service rating : Thanks for the lovely comments, great to hear you found our service helpful and efficient!
Product : Sounds like you had a great stay and the castle was all you hoped for! The tower has been wonderfully restored whilst keeping the authentic features such as the displayed suits of armour and the inglenook fireplace, and we agree the hot tub is a fantastic addition!

2nd November 2015 Excellent 

Overall we really enjoyed our stay at Lochhouse Tower. The weather was maybe not the best, but we did get out and about a little. The Tower has all the facilities you could wish for and the artefacts and history make it a fascinating place to stay. The Hot tub is amazing and was a first for us. The only thing we would change would be to make the mattresses on the beds a lot firmer as we found them too soft for our liking and had difficulty getting a restful sleep. This is of course just a subjective opinion as we realise everyones taste is different.

We loved Moffat and the surrounding area and had dinner with friends on the Saturday evening at the "Beef Tub Comfort Grill" within the Buccleuch Arms Hotel and lunch at "The Rumbling' Tum" one lunchtime.

Service rating : Many thanks for the lovely feedback and great to hear you found our booking process helpful. We would be delighted to assist with your next castle holiday!
Product : Thank you for the excellent feedback following your holiday, sorry to hear the weather was a little Wintry however I’m sure all the fantastic facilities on site made for a perfect castle holiday and sounds like you certainly made the most of the local area!

16th September 2015 Excellent 

The accommodation was amazing, excellently maintained throughout with very high quality fixtures and fittings and very tasteful décor. There was so much room everywhere - a big well equipped kitchen, a huge lounge, the bedrooms were all a good size, the bathrooms were great and the hot tub was so much fun. We highly recommend this accommodation.

Service rating : Thanks for the lovely feedback!
Product : Great to hear you found this beautiful tower spacious and well suited to your party. Sounds like you all had a wonderful stay and have lost of happy memories from your castle holiday!

12th August 2015 Excellent 

This place is beautiful, i recommend it to anyone. We had a fantastic time, the owners are really friendly too.

Service rating : We are delighted to hear you would book with us again! Glad you had a brilliant booking experience and found our team here friendly and helpful at each stage. Don't forget our loyalty discount awaits your next stay ..
Product : Fabulous to hear you enjoyed this beautiful castle tower and would recommend to friends/family. We look forward to hearing from you if you ever wish to re book!

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